Raising Awareness of the Ugly Re-emergence of Fascism
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
— George Santayana (1863)
Wisdom is a hard-won form of knowledge that is often gained as a result of great sacrifice. This cannot be truer of the lessons learned with the rise of fascism in the early and mid twentieth century. Our forefathers paid dearly in life and treasure to deliver a world mostly free of this ugly ideology. It’s shocking that fascist beliefs are on the rise again. It’s hard to conclude anything other than it being result of letting our guard down.
Fascism has re-emerged in the form of Trumpism
The efforts of Trump and his administration to institute fascist ideologies is reprehensible. There are no less than fourteen tenants of fascism, of which Trump and his base of supporters have violated every one. The only way to fight this modern form of fascism is to provide proof of its existence and to raise awareness as quickly as possible.
Our mission at Stop F45CISM is to expose Trumpism with a megaphone
Stop F45CISM is a federal PAC formed to urgently raise awareness of the near daily atrocities that Trump and his administration commit against our democracy, constitution and people. We are actively collecting news and information that demonstrates the rise of fascism and highlighting it via this website.
Making the number 45 a symbol of shame
Trump is very proud of his status as the 45th president of the United States. He has his clothing monogrammed and trinkets made featuring the number 45 prominently. Our goal is to stigmatize the number 45 as a symbol of shame. It’s our responsibility to fight fascism to honor the sacrifices made by our forefathers. The resemblance of the number 45 to the Nazi symbol and its readability as the letters AS in F45CISM is uncanny.
We’re not saying Trump is a Nazi
But neo-Nazis are saying he’s a Nazi. Trump is championing their causes. The fascist elements of society are feeling emboldened to come out of hiding and are actively spreading their hateful message to recruit our young and vulnerable. The only solution short of violence is to win the war of information.
Winning the information war
Books have been written about the modern day news bubbles with which most of society now surround themselves. Most of the news is now spread through social media, and often in the form of pithy and fraudulent memes. It’s an easy and cheap means to influence an audience, especially the young. While it’s unfortunate that society has taken this turn, the only way to win the information war is to jump in the trenches. Counterpoints to historically ugly ideologies must be presented wherever possible. Misinformation and outright lies must be countered with historical lessons, data and solid evidence. In the end, truth must win the day — or we are truly lost.
We need your help
We know you’ve grown weary of funding appeals. We get that, and we feel the same. The unfortunate reality is that the loudness of the megaphone is dictated by how big a megaphone you can afford. Our hope is that you’ll agree that the rise of fascism in modern America urgently requires the largest megaphone possible. Our goal is to earn and maintain your trust that we at Stop F45CISM can maximize the effectiveness of your contribution and help win the war of ideas. Please help if you can. Thank you.
How we’ll utilize your support for maximum effectiveness
Stop F45CISM is a fully registered federal Political Action Committee (PAC) and is subject to all the reporting requirements of the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Since the PAC was only recently registered, we have yet to file significant contribution and expenditure reports, however as the PAC grows and gains traction, reports will be provided in a timely manner and in detail.
Contributions to Stop F45CISM will be focused on five primary activities:
1. Provide in-depth original journalism on the rise of fascism
We’ll collect and collate information on fascist behavior and policy so that we can provide strong evidence-based arguments for identifying and countering the rise of fascism. We are ardent students of history and will use that knowledge to draw parallels with ruinous fascist movements of the past.
2. Fight in the trenches of social media to win the information war
Fighting the information war on social media will require an army of informed citizens to counter the never-ending vomit of propaganda, memes, misinformation, ignorance and toxic trolling. We will provide resources via this website to help provide facts and reference materials needed to win the debate and help shape public opinion. When necessary, we’ll also purchase social media campaigns to spread the Stop F45CISM message.
3. Distribute signs, stickers, clothing and other protest materials to raise awareness among the wider population
It’s not enough to protest the rise of fascism from behind a monitor. The fight must be taken to the streets and public venues. We will be providing support for protesters with physical materials and organizing resources. Stark symbolism of the Stop F45CISM campaign will be provided in the form of signs, stickers and clothing. We’ll also be working to target these materials at communities that can use them the most.
4. Sponsor billboards and traditional advertising in powerful hot-spots
Billboards along major thoroughfares in “hot-spot” communities can send a very powerful message. Our goal is to identify regions where awareness of fascism is most needed (e.g. border areas) and to erect billboards with the Stop F45CISM message.
5. Support voter registration and sponsor “get out the vote” drives for all elections between now and 2020
As special elections and the general election draw nearer, we will expend resources to assist voter registration drives and do our part in getting disenfranchised people to the polls. We will use this website to assist in providing voter information, registration confirmation and election reminders.
We’re Just Getting Started
Our goal is to earn and maintain your trust that we at Stop F45CISM can maximize the effectiveness of all contributions and help win the war of ideas. It’ll take a little bit of time to gain some traction, but ultimately our intent is to become a powerful voice with the help of people like you. Our voices in harmony will resonate loudly and help raise awareness. Please help if you can. Thank you.
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Facets Of Fascism
1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
Constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, song and other paraphernalia.
2. Disdain for Human Rights
Willing to sacrifice human rights in the name of “security.” Approval of torture methods and long prisoner incarcerations.
3. Identification of Enemies as a Unifying Cause
Rally people into a unifying nationalistic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat targeting racial, ethic and religious minorities. Demonize opposing political views held by liberals, progressives and socialists.
4. Supremacy of the Military
Neglect widespread domestic needs in favor of disproportionately large military programs and funding. Glamorize soldiers and military service. Portray objections to expanded military and weapons programs as unpatriotic.
5. Rampant Sexism
Positions of power are almost exclusively male-dominated and patriarchal. Traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.
6. Controlled Mass Media
Either directly control the media or attempt to indirectly control the media with government regulations, sympathetic media spokespeople and media executives. Promote censorship and/or propaganda to control the message. Declare any media that goes against the agenda as “fake.”
7. Obsession with National Security
Create a constant state of fear that national security is at risk of being breached at any moment. When military security threats are absent, portray economic and trade issues as major security threats.
8. Religion and Government Intertwined
Manipulate public opinion by claiming policies align with the most common national religion. Use religious rhetoric and terminology in speeches and policy positions. Blur the line between the separation of church and state.
9. Corporate Power Protected
Create a mutually beneficial business/government relationship between power brokers and the business elite. Funnel money from corporations into the political process so that government officials are beholden to their corporate sponsors.
10. Labor Power Suppressed
Eliminate or severely suppress labor unions. The organizing power of labor is a direct threat to the fascist agenda.
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
Promote open hostility to higher education and academia. Censor or deny any scientific research and/or data that is contrary to religious or political beliefs. Openly attack freedom of expression in the arts and letters.
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment
Militarize local police forces and promote limitless power to enforce laws. Overlook police abuses and forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism and/or national security. Encourage long prison sentences and focus on incarceration as a form of punishment and not a form of rehabilitation.
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
Appoint friends and family to powerful positions of authority to protect each other from accountability. Demand loyalty above all other qualities while allowing authorities to acquire wealth from national resources and treasures.
14. Fraudulent Elections
Control the count of ballots either physically or electronically. Use smear campaigns against opposition candidates. Manipulate voting rolls and political district boundaries. Use the judiciary to justify suppressing minority votes.